Private sector only has drugs for a month – AIPPOA

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By Dilanthi Jayamanne 

The All Island Private Pharmacy Owners Association (AIPPOA) warned that the drug supply in the private sector would last only for a month. 

Chairman AIPPOA, Chandika Gankanda lamented that private pharmacies and importers had only drug stocks which they had already purchased. As of now the country does not have 25 per cent of its medicinal drugs including antibiotic syrups. 

He said that he had spoken to all pharmaceutical importers who had lamented that they were not only unable to open letters of credit due to forex shortage but that with the drop in the fixed rate, no manufacturer is willing to give credibility to letters of credit. 

The AIPPOA Chairman said he had requested the new Health Minister for a meeting. All hopes at present are pinned on Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana as the private sector too has been hit by the drug crisis severely, he added.